Athens: protest begins as Merkel arrives

UPDATE: Merkel has become the face of austerity in a country suffering a fifth year of recession, seen mainly due to German-led conditions attached to emergency loans.

9th October, 2012
Athens: protest begins as Merkel arrives
Greek protestors outside parliament building

Greece’s capital has ground to a halt today for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first visit since the financial crisis began, with 7,000 officers deployed around Athens to prevent violence at planned protests.

Authorities have declared entire sections of downtown off- limits, notably Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s office, where the two leaders, will meet and the German embassy. Merkel arrived just before at 1.30 p.m. local time, around the same time as three...

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